The bright spots for Los Angeles have been few and far between early in the 2015-16 campaign, but netminder Jonathan Quick gave something for Kings fans to cheer about Tuesday night.
During a Canucks 5-on-3 Tuesday night, Vancouver winger Radim Vrbata found a hole in the Kings’ defensive-zone coverage and started to sneak in back door. Vrbata had no one around him when Daniel Sedin slipped an amazing backhand no-look pass between his legs and right onto Vrbata’s tape. It looked like a tap-in for Vrbata, a two-time 30-goal scorer. Instead, it set Quick up for one of his signature acrobatic saves.
Down and out, Quick lunged to his right and flung his blocker out to catch just enough of Vrbata’s attempt to knock it skyward, off the crossbar and out of harm’s way. Check it out:
Quick’s save, while outstanding, doesn’t erase the fact that the early season has been trying for the Kings goaltender. Through three games, he has the fourth-worst save percentage at 5-on-5, currently owning a .855 SP at even strength.
The Kings are off to a terrible start, too. They currently have the worst goal differential in the league at -10 and have scored only twice in three games. So far they’ve lost 5-1, 4-1 and the Kings dropped Tuesday’s game 3-0.
If the Kings are still hoping for a bounce-back season, they’ll need to improve big time.